@streondj My explanation for refocusing my work to address the CommAI-env first, and reasoning for doing so might help this thread move towards corrective actions that may lead to Improvements. I'm not here to try to paint anyone in a negative light.
The 'deal-breaker' for my direct involvement iwith Challenge, and Round1, was the communications with the Challenge where I provided factual information were simply disregarded whenever they conflicted with the Organisational Mindset, or agreed reality within the closed development 'bubble' group.
(I am not including the Brain-simulator software which has a very different history, and development origin)
I believe it's growing pains for the organisation rather than ill will, this is the first application released by GoodAI. in a think tank model success is often organised and measured with entirely different criteria, publication credits in peer reviewed journals, and interactions with other think tanks. etc.
Whereas in Machine Learning, and the DEVELOPMENT of AI technologies is NOT. Any discussion of AI, or the tools required as a precondition for research must be detailed in some form of symbolic logic. Be it an equation, pseudo code, a structured language like Python, it doesn't matter what form is in, all are interchangeable to a skilled programmer. All can be proven True or False, If not, it's a exercise in creative writing or science fiction if you prefer.
In a functional development environment, individuals must put aside their emotional attachments to ideas when the available facts conflict with theirr personal feelings. For collaborative work, it's not an option, it's a prerequisite.
I believe the opportunity to refocus and refactor the Challenge and GoodAI as a credible player is rapidly closing, The responses to date have been less than forthcoming.
This raises many more pressing questions than some fixes to source code. I have intermittently worked both for and with various divisions of Microsoft since the early 90's. I have never experienced a planned one-two week expected delay iby a MS employee to provide an acknowledgement of receiving an email to MS sponsored activity.
The lack of links to MS on their prominent sponsor graphic, and the lack of links for the other sponsors is worrying. I have been unable to locate any acknowledgement by any of the listed sponsor's that they are aware of the Challenge. I would not compete for monetary prizes that are not already held in escrow under these circumstances.
I personally have not written off the Challenge process, or host organisation entirely. I am no longer active here with the exception of addressing replies to threads I started on this forum.
I choose not to spend time trying to change opinions AFTER providing detailed facts which prove those opinions to be based on incorrect assumptions / fabricated claims. I will revisit occasionally to meet and hopefully share information with other strays that may wander in.